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Senior in the Spotlight: Sara Nance

Our first Senior in the Spotlight for 2021 is a hard working, strong willed young lady who has her mind set on being the best in her class. Sara Nance is a born and raised Sandite with pride in her academics and extracurricular activities. While COVID – 19 has muddled her junior and senior year, she has kept her spirits high no matter what comes her way. Join us as we celebrate Sara in her Senior year at Charles Page High School. 

Sara is creative at heart. While artistically talented and involved in advanced art classes her true passion lies in playing the snare drum. Awarded the position of section leader of her high school drumline, her hard work and determination has paid off. She fell in love with the snare drum when she was in the 6th grade and has been playing ever since. In addition to playing in her high school drumline she is also the president of Business Professionals of America, the Secretary of National Honor Society and was a selected member in the National Arts Honor Society at Charles Page High School. When talking with Sara, she said that COVID-19’s impact has been focused on her extracurricular activities like indoor drumline and band competitions. Sara shares,“I would say that’s what is most upsetting because it is senior year and a lot of our events got cancelled”.  

Through Charles Page high school Sara is able to take a leap forward and gain internship hours through a partnership between the school and Boulder Coffee. Sara says she loves creating new coffee drinks and even plans to open a coffee shop of her own one day. Sara has been enrolled at Tulsa Community College the past two years and has been taking classes to give her a head start as she plans to attend Oklahoma University and major in Business. Even though she may be graduating from high school, she’s not quite done with drumline and plans on pursuing her passion on the drumline at OU. 

In her free time Sara spends her hours at her church with her youth group. Taking after her father, who owns a lighting company, she runs the light and sound board for Catalyst Youth on Wednesdays and helps whenever she can for services and special events. Sara says, “I love going to church on Wednesdays”. She is a devout christian and enjoys using her gifts and talents to serve the Lord. Over the last two years Sara has been able to travel to Mexico with her church and family on mission trips to help build houses for the residents. 

Looking back she has had several teachers that have influenced her in the Sand Springs school system. Mrs. Bartgis, her sophomore math teacher, has had a big impact on her last few years in school. She is, “considered one of my favorite teachers. We would just sit there and talk and she really poured into me. She would just volunteer her time with me, and that is special”. 

Looking forward she recommends to all Sandites,  “Join a lot of organizations and don’t be afraid to volunteer.” “I don’t regret it, it has made everything more enjoyable. It helped me find a lot of friends and really bond with the community.” High school flies by, and before you know it graduation will be here. Sara we are proud to call you a Sandite and outstanding citizen in the community, we hope all goes well for you in your last semester and as you continue on to OU!